In these times when so much public attention is focused on darkness and negativity it is extra special that we celebrate the beauty of life’s ebb and flow…. beginning and ending in silence.
The darkest hour has long been seen as the beginning of dawn. The English theologian Thomas Fuller put the idea in print in his religious travelogue “A Pisgah-Sight Of Palestine And The Confines Thereof, 1650”. He worte: It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.
My Irish ancestors sang of this in songs and ballads: An upbeat saying amongst the Irish peasantry to inspire hope under the adverse circumstances they faced was that the darkest hour of all. is the hour before day.
Harriet Beacher Stowe wrote: Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
To celebrate the wonder and power and joy in silence, we send as a Christmas gift to you, a quote from The Winter Solstice, the Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Mathews.
“There is a moment of silence that occurs every year, somewhere between the dawn of Christmas and the setting sun on Christmas day itself. – a moment we have all experienced once in our lives, maybe more than once. It can silence a great city, London or New York , and it can bring stillness to our hearts, whoever and wherever we may be. It offers the promise of new beginnings, of the clean slate of a new year, and it incorporates the breathless expectancy of Christmas night itself, when a familiar figure enters our lives and changes them briefly. It is such a moment that lies at the heart of the mid winter solstice and it is the celebration of this that this book is written.”
A second gift to you today is our wish for better health… an a report on “How to Maintain a Healthy Weight” and much more.
This holiday season can be a time when weight gain stacks up as an unwanted holiday present.
This report shows three utterly simple ways to control weight and right now… it is yours for the reading. Enjoy the benefits of more energy from these really simple but incredibly powerful ideas on this special holiday.
Merri, David and I send our special best wishes to you and thank you for inviting us into your holiday home.
P.S. A reader sent this blessed gift to Merri, me and the rose growers in Ecuador.
Merri and Gary, Merry Christmas, I am in tears here looking at my wife’s Ecuadorian Roses. I thank you for presenting this opportunity to help those of LOTS and also bring these roses to my wife. We are close to destitute these days from circumstances and we will have a very spartan Christmas, however these well received roses have brought a peaceful beauty and scents of love into our house. I thank the Ecuadorians for their care with these roses and am grateful to you for facilitating a major portion of my purchase to help those there in need more than me. Again thank you Gary & Merri, for all the good you do. “May the wind be always at your back and may the Lord hold you in the hollow of his hand” Merry Christmas, with love and appreciation”
Merri and I thank all of you for ordering roses in the holidays. We have been able to help provide scholarships… rebuild schools and assist indigenous Ecuadorians with your rose orders.
Merry Christmas and thanks again for sharing this year with us.